Arsenal winger Willian does not think he has to prove his doubters wrong.
The Brazilian signed for the Gunners from Chelsea on a Bosman transfer in the summer, but has failed to prove his worth so far.
Given his advanced age and the fact he signed a three year contract, Willian has come in for some criticisms from fans and the media.
He said, via the Mirror: “No I don’t think that (proving people wrong). In football until you are playing you always have to prove yourself, but personally I don’t have to prove anything to anyone about my career and what I’ve won.
“I just need to prove it for myself and that’s what I want to do.
“I need to prove that for people that like me, my family as well and for people that support me in the difficult moments.
“Of course I want to succeed here and win good things for this club because it’s a great club.”
He added: “For me it’s part of football, it’s normal. When you play well, people will say you are amazing, the best – you’re the best player in the world! [Willian chuckles].
“And when you don’t play well, you are the worst player in the world! This is football. I’ve come into a new philosophy, a new club and I think it has taken time [for me] to adapt.
“I always want to play well, I always want to win, if it’s possible to score to do assists for my team-mates but sometimes you have difficult moments and I’ve been in that difficult moment.
“But in the last few games that I’ve played I think it’s been really different. I have been playing very well, trying to help my team-mates, the team and I hope I can continue like that.”